Main Strategies

1.                  Legal Aid:

AGHS provides legal aid in cases:

a) where there is a violation of human rights by the state or non-state actors;

b) to women in obtaining their rights under family law;

c)   to women and children, and other victims of the abuse of due process in prisons;

d)  those charged under the blasphemy laws or unjust prosecution through other discriminatory laws, e.g., the ‘Islamic’ penal laws (Hudood laws).

Legal aid is seen by AGHS as an important strategy for change and is accompanied by several other forms of assistance rather than being restricted to legal representation alone. The organization has gained a reputation for creating important case law through landmark constitutional cases, particularly in the area of women’s rights, bonded labor, child labor, child abuse, arbitrary detention, conditions of detention and rights of minorities.  

2.         Advocacy:

AGHS has initiated and been a part of advocacy campaigns on human rights issues that have led to important Constitutional, legislative and policy changes and measures, improving judicial sensitivity to human rights violations, and creating public awareness on human rights. An important objective of these campaigns is to diminishing factors that impair the environment for carrying out work in defense of human rights. Advocacy is carried out through the dissemination of human rights material in written and audio-visual forms; lectures, seminars and press conferences; mass communication for awareness; and lobbying with legislature, policy-makers and media.

3.             Research:

AGHS carries out research on legal and social issues that affect the situation of human rights.

4.            Monitoring:

AGHS monitors the human rights situation in the areas of its concern through fact-finding on incidents of violation of rights, surveys of prisons and police stations, legislative watch, and media monitoring. Periodical reports are produced on the several issues that have been the subject of monitoring. Findings are used to make policy recommendations addressed to the government, the judiciary and the parliament, and also for public dissemination on the incidence of human rights abuse and violation.

5.            Training:

AGHS conducts training on the law and international human rights standards, particularly in the areas of women and children’s rights.


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